• Texas’ Joe Wickline suing Oklahoma State

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    So is Joe Wickline calling plays at Texas or not? A Travis County jury may get to decide. Wickline, the Longhorns’ offensive coordinator, has filed a lawsuit in Travis County claiming that Oklahoma State University has not fully released him from his previous coaching contract with the Cowboys.

  • OU football: DeMarco Murray purchased iMacs for the Dallas Cowboys offensive line

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on a record-setting pace for rushing yards in an NFL season, and the former OU star has one of the league's best offensive lines in front of him. In the Instagram video above, ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins showed that Murray purchased iMac computers for each of his linemen, presumably as a sign of gratitude for his hot start. Murray leads all NFL rushers in carries (187), yards (913) and touchdowns (7) through seven games.

  • UNC Officials Failed To Stop 18-Year Long Student Athlete Academic Fraud: Report

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic fraud than previous investigations by the school and the NCAA.

  • OU football: Aaron Colvin back on the field with Jacksonville Jaguars for first time since ACL tear

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Former Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Colvin took the field for the first time since tearing his ACL in the spring. Colvin tore his ACL during Senior Bowl practice in March and hasn't played since. Even with the knee injury, he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft in June. A few days ago, Colvin tweeted about his long-awaited return to the field.

  • Kevin Durant loves some Taylor Swift 'Shake It Off'

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Every once in a while, Kevin Durant is nice enough to give us peeks into his personal life via his Instagram account. The Thunder forward did just that Wednesday, posting a screenshot of his song of choice for the day -- Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Yeah, this one. "Call me what you want," Durant says on Instagram. Durant had a similar message for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on Monday.

  • Thunder home-court advantage best in the league according to NBA GM's survey

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NBA general managers were polled on 56 different questions -- from best teams, players, coaches, fans and offseason moves -- by NBA.com in the 13th Annual GM Survey. The results, released Wednesday morning, will surprise some. What's not surprising is that the Thunder was voted as the team with the best home-court advantage in the league. Nearly 43 percent of GMs said the Thunder had the NBA's best home-court advantage, dwarfing second-place Denver's 28.6 percent vote. The Thunder received an overwhelming 92.9 percent vote to win the Northwest Division. The next closest team is Portland at 7.1 percent. One has to wonder if the results of the poll were finalized before Kevin Durant's injury. Durant was voted No. 1 by wide margins "best at getting his own shot" (42.9 percent to Carmelo Anthony's 25.0) and "player you want taking a shot with the game on the line" (76.9 percent to Kobe Bryant's/LeBron James' 7.7). Durant and Russell Westbrook were ranked highly in several categories, with Westbrook voted as the fastest player with the ball in the NBA, beating Washington Wizards' guard John Wall. You can view the full poll here , but below are some other interesting Thunder-related voting results: Which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals? Tie-3, Chicago 11.5 percent, L.A. Clippers 11.5, Oklahoma City 11.5 (1. San Antonio 46.2) Which team will win the Western Conference finals? 2. Oklahoma City 29.6 (1. San Antonio Spurs 55.6) Who will win the 2014-15 MVP? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 21.4 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 67.9) If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be? Tie-2, Anthony Davis, New Orleans 25.0; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. James, Cleveland 50.0) Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 11.5 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 76.9) Who is the best point guard in the NBA? 2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 10.7 (1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 71.4) Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA ? 5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 3.7 (1. James Harden, Houston 63.0) Who is the best small forward in the NBA? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 75.0) Who is the best power forward in the NBA? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (Tie-1, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers) Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2014-15? Also receiving votes: Steven Adaams, Oklahoma City (1. Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto 33.3) Who is the best defensive player in the NBA? Tie-3, Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 14.3 ; Dwight Howard, Houston 14.3 (1. Joakim Noah, Chicago 35.7) Who is the best interior defender in the NBA? 2. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. Joakim Noah, Chicago 39.3) Which team is the most fun to watch? 4. Oklahoma City 3.6 (1. Golden State 57.1) Which team has the best homecourt advantage? 1. Oklahoma City 42.9 Which player is the most athletic? Tie-2, Russell Westbrook, Oklahma City 10.7 ; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 10.7 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 50.0); also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City . Which player is the best pure shooter? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (1. Stephen Curry, Golden State 60.7) Which player is the fastest with the ball? Tie-1, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 40.7 ; John Wall, Washington 40.7 Which player is best at getting his own shot? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 42.9; also receiving votes: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Which player is the most dangerous in the open floor? Also receiving votes: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 74.1) Which player is the best finisher at the rim? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (1. LeBron James, Cleveland) Who is the toughest player in the NBA? Also receiving votes: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City (1. Tony Allen, Memphis 25.9) Which player is the best leader? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 35.7) Who is the league's best role player? Also receiving votes: Nick Collison, Oklahoma City (1. Boris Diaw, San Antonio 11.1) Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 76.9

  • Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in club who took cell phone pic

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been accused of slapping and squeezing the neck of a man in a Las Vegas club last week. According to a TMZ Sports report, Griffin and Clippers teammates were partying at a Las Vegas nightclub when a man took a cell phone photo of the crowd. Griffin was reportedly bothered by the flash and "grabbed my phone with one hand," according to the man. When security arrived to the scene, Griffin told them to get the man out of the club. According to a statement the man gave to nightclub security, Griffin then "slapped me in the right side of the face."

  • Michael Sam Cut From Cowboys' Practice Squad

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Michael Sam is looking for a new team and another opportunity to prove he can play in the NFL after the Dallas Cowboys cut him from their practice squad. The team announced the release of Sam, the first openly gay football player ever to be drafted into the NFL, from their 10-man practice squad on Tuesday. Sam took to Twitter and told his thousands of followers that he will continue fighting "for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday."

  • Dallas Cowboys waive Michael Sam from practice squad

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys have decided to waive defensive end Michael Sam. The practice squad player who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man squad and never made it to the 53-man roster. Sam, the first openly-gay player in the NFL, was a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL draft.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys target Elijah Thomas commits to Texas A&M

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Texas A&M continues its surge in basketball recruting, and Oklahoma State trudges on. Cowboys target Elijah Thomas committed to the Aggies at a ceremony in Lancaster, Texas. A four-star prospect in the Class of 2015, the 6-foot-9 Thomas picked Texas A&M over OSU, SMU, Illinois and LSU. Thomas joins one of his best friends Admon Gilder as the Aggies' second commit in as many weeks. Gilder also had the Cowboys in his final list of schools. OSU currently has two commitments in its 2015 class -- Texas prep guard  Jawun Evans and forward Igor Ibaka (brother of Serge Ibaka). But keep an eye on the recruitment of five-star center Diamond Stone (Dominican HS/Milwaukee, Wis.) who has OSU in his final list of schools with Connecticut, Maryland and Wisconsin.

  • James Harden defends his bad defense

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Much has been said about James Harden's defensive shortcomings. The former Oklahoma City Thunder guard is defending his lack of defense, saying that it's a matter of him staying focused for an entire game. Harden does admit that there's a need for improvement from the Rockets' defense - himself included. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden told USA Today. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor."

  • Kevin Durant says 'I'm not going to rush' back from surgery

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    With a scooter for his surgically repaired right foot, Thunder forward Kevin Durant rolled into Monday's press conference and said he won't rush back from the first major injury of his career. Durant addressed the media for the first time since news of his injury was revealed last week. Durant said he wouldn't rush back from an injury that's expected to keep him out 6-8 weeks. Durant had a screw placed in his right foot to repair a Jones fracture. "It's something that's definitely going to help my foot and make it better in the long run," Durant said about surgery . The 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player was positive about missing time to injury, particularly in regard to his teammates . When asked about Russell Westbrook, Durant said he's had conversations with the Thunder point guard about doing what he always does. "Stay who you are," Durant said. "You may get more opportunities but you don't have to change what you do."

  • OSU wrestling: Eddie Klimara reinstated after spring dismissal from team

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith announced at Monday’s media day that Eddie Klimara, who was dismissed in March, has been reinstated, according to OSU wrestling coach John Smith. Klimara was arrested in March on suspicion of public drunkeness and possession of cocaine , the same day the Cowboys placed third at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City. Smith said that Klimara "had to go through a set of things" in order to get back on the Cowboys roster. Klimara, a junior, was the Big 12 runner up in his weight class as a sophomore. The Daily O'Collegian first reported on Klimara's reinstatement.

  • OU football: Photographer apologizes to Sterling Shepard for camera incident

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Plenty of people saw the clip of OU receiver Sterling Shepard  falling on a photographer's camera while trying to make a touchdown catch against Kansas State. But not many people have heard the photographer's take. On Monday, Tulsa World photographer Mike Simons blogged about the incident in which Shepard was hurt falling on Simons' Canon 400mm F 2.8 lens. Simons apologized for Shepard's injury, indicating that while his expensive equipment was damaged, it's "nothing in comparison to a player's safety." From Simons: "Some comments have been made about camera gear lying by my side. I have always felt that flat on the ground is the safest place for gear that isn’t being used at that particular moment. It is where most photographers keep their gear. It allows me to move out of a player’s way quickly. And there are no monopods (the metal poles on the bottom of our cameras) sticking up needlessly. It has worked perfectly for 26 years. On Saturday, while lined up with dozens of other photographers in the designated photo area, it didn’t." Shepard left the game in the second quarter, but was able to return for a career-best 15 receptions against the Wildcats.

  • OSU football: Two Cowboys arrested on public intoxication complaints after falling asleep at Whataburger

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    STILLWATER – At 4 a.m. Sunday, after Stillwater police responded to a report of a driver having fallen asleep at the wheel of a vehicle positioned in the drive-through lane of a Whataburger restaurant, Oklahoma State football players Jhajuan Seales and Juwan Offray were arrested on complaints of public intoxication, the Tulsa World reports. The arrests occurred about 10 hours after the OSU football team was beaten 42-9 in a Big 12 game at TCU. Seales, a sophomore wide receiver, is fourth on the Cowboys in receiving yards (236) and tied for first on the team in touchdown receptions (3). Offray, a freshman defensive back, has three tackles in seven games this season.

  • OSU football: Mike Gundy doesn't see JW Walsh returning this season

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    In his weekly press conference Monday, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said  he doesn't see quarterback J.W. Walsh returning this season. Walsh has only appeared in two games this season -- the Cowboys' season opener against then-No. 1 Florida State and against Missouri State. Walsh went down with a right foot injury late in the first quarter against Missouri State and hasn't played since. Walsh  underwent surgery in September and was ruled out indefinitely. Gundy also said that  much would go into taking the redshirt off of true freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph. Daxx Garman has taken all of the snaps for the Cowboys since Walsh's injury, passing for 1,493 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games.

  • Soccer Player Scores, Dies After Celebratory Flip

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    A 23-year-old Indian soccer player excited over a goal he had just scored died after he did a celebratory flip in the air, landed badly and suffered a spinal injury, the AP reports. "A CT Scan was done right after he was taken to the hospital, and the result showed that the injury inflicted on the spinal cord was quite serious," the Mizoram Premier League posted on its Facebook page regarding Peter Biaksangzuala's fatal injury.

  • OSU basketball: Four-star center Elijah Thomas to make college choice Tuesday

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Oklahoma State basketball already has a commitment from one of the best players in the Class of 2015. Another domino could fall Tuesday. A big one. We've reported on Texas prep center Elijah Thomas and his interest in the Cowboys , and the four-star big man will make his college choice Tuesday afternoon between Illinois, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, SMU and LSU. ESPN's Jeff Borzello took a look at how Thomas would fit at each school. Here's what he had to say about Thomas with the Cowboys: Thomas says: “[Oklahoma State commit] Jawun Evans is one of my close friends. I would enjoy playing with him. That’s pretty hard to turn down. Their bigs get the job done. If you’re able to score, they iso you. One-in, four-out. They make their posts more mobile and agile when you get there, so that helps.” Personnel: Travis Ford’s roster is filled with versatile forwards, but once Michael Cobbins leaves, there is room for a power forward. Anthony Allen was a top-ranked junior college center last season, and Mitch Solomon is also on the roster at center. Serge Ibaka’s younger brother, Igor, will be eligible in the 2015-16 season. With OSU starving for help on the front line, one would expect the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Thomas to be an immediate starter as a freshman for the Cowboys. Thomas is currently the No. 8 power forward in the ESPN 100. Another interesting nugget in Thomas' recruting: Just as Thomas would have a friend in Evans at OSU , he'd also have a friend in Admon Gilder at Texas A&M. Gilder picked the Aggies over OSU and others schools last week. "Admon Gilder has been my best friend since second grade, but I’m just focusing on the schools," Thomas told ESPN. Thomas also  blogged about his recruiting experience for USA Today with this to say about OSU: "With Oklahoma State, I love that Jawun Evans is there; that definitely helps them with me. It’s definitely one of my favorite schools; I know the whole team and the coaches and the atmosphere there is really live."

  • Joseph Randle goes from stealing underwear to endorsing underwear

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Apparently crime does pay. In the span of less than a week, former Oklahoma State and current Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has gone from stealing underwear to becoming a spokesman for it. MeUndies -- a Los Angeles based lifestyle brand that is transforming how people perceive and purchase their underwear -- is now partnering with Randle, according to MeUndies head of marketing and business development, Dan King. MeUndies will pay Randle enough to help defray the cost of the $29,500 fine the Cowboys imposed on him after he was caught shoplifting last week while also supplying him with enough product that the Cowboys running back will have all the underwear he needs for a long time. Randle, who also tried to steal cologne at a Dillard's in Frisco, Texas, was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, according to police. He was released on writ bond at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.

  • OU football: Bob Stoops refuses to comment on Trevor Knight's health

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    On Monday's Big 12 media teleconference, Bob Stoops declined to address questions about quarterback Trevor Knight's health. “No, I’m not going to give any updates on that today,” Stoops said Monday. Knight was hit hard in the first quarter on a quarterback run and had to leave for one offensive series against Kansas State. Multiple sources saw Knight with his left arm in a sling following the Sooners' 31-30 loss to the Wildcats. Knight returned to the game to finish 26-of-32 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. OU is off this week, so that would give Knight more time to recover should his injury be more serious than he showed on Saturday.